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    8 accused of botching King Tuts beard job



    Investigation opened

    At the time, a museum conservator said the beard detached when the mask accidentally fell during cleaning. It was quickly reattached with a strong adhesive, but the glue left a gap between the face and the beard, the conservator said.

    Museum officials dismissed the claims when they emerged, saying reports of the mask's damage were unfounded.

    Prosecutors opened an investigation into the damage last year, saying workers did not follow protocol during restoration.

    "The (museum) officials dealt recklessly with a piece of an artifact that is 3,300 years old, produced by one of the oldest civilizations in the world," the Administrative Prosecution said Saturday in a statement to state-run Ahram Online.

    Prosecutors said the eight people who will be charged are six restorers and two former heads of the restoration section at the museum.

    They are accused of negligence and violation of the professional rules of the workplace, the statement said.

    It did not say when the trial will be.

    Boy king

    The boy king's elaborate burial mask, discovered in his tomb in 1922, is major tourist attraction and draws visitors from all over the world.

    Tutankhamun, who ruled from 1336-1327 BC, is thought to have been about 17 years old when he died.

    Mask fixed

    After the botched attempt, the museum brought in experts who fixed the mask.

    King Tut's case is not the first time a historical treasure was damaged in a place where it's supposed to be safe.

    Last year, a boy tore a hole in a $1.5 million artwork during a visit to a Leonardo da Vinci-themed show in Taipei, Taiwan.

    King Tut: Eight accused of botching pharaoh's beard job - CNN.com

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    Shoddy workmanship. Tut tut.

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    should keep it in the British Museum in London
    where it can be looked after properly.

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